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help removing a partially downloaded file

by kris_n / April 19, 2006 9:08 AM PDT

I am currently running an Dell inspiron 6000 with windows xp home. I recently was downloading a demo program for a firend but had problems during the download and had to cancel it. Later i redownloaded the program and transferred it to a cd for my friend. I went back to my desktop and noticed that when it had originally downloaded it left behind a file on my desktop called ''ClickForums343_1214.exe''.

Whenever I try to delete this program by either moving to the recycle been or selecting delete from a right click menu an alert pops up that says ''Cannot delete Clickforums343_1214.exe: it is being used by another person or program, close any programs that might be using this program and try again.''

I have tried everything i know to delete this file, however nothing works. I have tried restarting my computer more than once, and no toher programs were active. I would greatly appreciate any help.


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(NT) (NT) Have you tried explore C:\program files
by tomron / April 19, 2006 9:35 AM PDT
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Boot it out...
by John.Wilkinson / April 19, 2006 9:51 AM PDT

Just download the free program MoveOnBoot, use the program to schedule the file for deletion, then reboot your computer...the file will be booted from your system before it has a change to be used.

Hope this helps,

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Bye Bye...
by kris_n / April 19, 2006 2:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Boot it out...

Well now its gone Happy

MoveOnBoot worked great, its now nowhere to be found.

Thanks John!


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by John Heneghan / December 15, 2015 8:41 AM PST
In reply to: Boot it out...

This software doesn't work. I have 3 partial downloaded files.
This software didn't delete it

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Tip: don't post in old threads.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2015 8:52 AM PST
In reply to: Junk

Advice in even a few year old thread will be stale or completely out of date.

Make a new post to get current advice.
Be sure to tell about OS, what app you are downloading with and where others can download the file to see if there is a server issue.

Closing this 9+ YO thread.

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